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Department of Justice Studies

Mission Statement

Justice studies is committed to offering an cross disciplinary, intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant course of study for persons interested in academic or applied careers in justice studies at the community, national or global level.

Goals

To carry out this mission, justice studies seeks to:

  • Help students develop a comprehensive understanding of justice studies.
  • Examine and explain justice and injustice and their impact on individuals, communities, institutions and/or nations.
  • Understand human behavior and interactive systems with a focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in justice contexts.
  • Sharpen students' ability to think and reason critically, to practice sound methodological skills and to communicate effectively.
  • Prepare students to utilize and produce scholarship in the field of justice studies.

Career Opportunities

The justice studies major includes opportunities for field work and career-related internships as part of the curriculum.

  • Peace Corps
  • Non-government organizations
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law
  • Nonprofit groups (national and international)
  • Human services
  • Domestic and international security
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Research and graduate study

Transfer Credit

A maximum of three courses may be transferred into the justice studies major from other institutions. No transfer credit will be given for any course offered in the major at the 300 or 400 level.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education

            41

Philosophy course1

            3

Foreign language courses (intermediate level required)

            1-14

Major requirements (core courses and selected tracks)

            41

Electives

            18-38


            120

1 Any PHIL course except PHIL 120 or PHIL 150. Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements on the Registrar’s website.

Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education courses

            41

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3

Scientific literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3-4

Major requirements (core courses and selected track)

            41

Electives

            28-35


            120

Justice Studies Major Requirements

Core Courses      

Credit Hours

JUST 100. Justice Studies Proseminar

            1

JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies

            3

Choose one of the following:

            3

JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice Systems

           

JUST 323. Comparative Criminal Justice

           

JUST 328. Race, Class and Justice

           

JUST 399. Justice Research Methods

            4

JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies

            3

Choose one of the following (which is not required for your track):

            3

JUST 210. Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

           

JUST 212. Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice

           

JUST 221. Social Justice Theories

           

JUST 223. Social Justice Interventions and Policies

           

JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community

           


            17

Students must select one of the following tracks:

Track A. Crime and Criminology

This track focuses on the nature, causes and solutions for crime, primarily but not exclusively in the United States.

All students in Track A must take JUST 210, Crime and Criminal Justice, and JUST 212, Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Students select six additional courses from the following. At least four of the six electives must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Select six additional courses from the following:

            18

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies (when topic is appropriate)1

           

JUST/PSYC 314. Police Psychology

           

JUST 315. Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System

           

JUST/PSYC 316. Developmental Psychology and Crime

           

JUST 317. Victimization of Children

           

JUST 318. Sex Offenders

           

JUST 319. Psychopathology and Crime

           

JUST 320. Organized Crime

           

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

           

JUST 324. Death Penalty

           

JUST/SOCI 326. Victimology

           

JUST 327. Criminal Law

           

JUST 329. Perspectives on Law

           

JUST/SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections

           

JUST 334. Media and Justice

           

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

           

JUST 343. Justice and Society

           

JUST 344. Marginalized Populations

           

JUST 345. Restorative Justice

           

JUST 347. Drugs, Politics and Society

           

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

           

JUST 361. Terrorism

           

JUST 365. Justice in Literature, Film and Art1

           

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies1

           

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies1

           

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar1

           

JUST 404. Community Based Research1

           

PSYC 415. Forensic Psychology2

           

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

           


            18

1 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track A when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their advisers or the academic unit head.

2 Course is only open to students who are double majoring in Psychology.

Track B. Global Justice and Policy

This track explores issues of justice in global context. Most prominent among them are questions of security, equity and equality. Courses in this track address the individual, group and state dimensions of these and related issues in a diverse set of policy areas including democratization, cultural identity, developmental, environmental protection, conflict resolution and human rights.

All students in Track B must take POSC 230, International Relations and JUST 235, Justice in the Global Community.

Students select six additional courses from the following. At least four must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Select six additional courses from the following:

            18

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies2

           

JUST 320. Organized Crime

           

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

           

JUST 324. Death Penalty

           

JUST/POSC 331. Human Rights

           

JUST 333. Negotiations

           

JUST 334. Media and Justice2

           

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

           

JUST 345. Restorative Justice

           

JUST 346. Intervention, Reconciliation and Justice in World Affairs

           

JUST 350. Globalization and Justice

           

JUST 351. Building Democracy

           

JUST 353. Justice and Development

             

JUST 354. Societal Conflicts

             

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

           

JUST 361. Terrorism

           

JUST 365. Justice in Literature, Film and Art2

           

JUST/POSC 372. Ethics and International Politics

           

JUST 373. Rebuilding Post Conflict Societies

           

JUST 374. War and Justice

           

JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century

           

JUST 377. Global Futures

           

JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies

           

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies2

           

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies2

           

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar2

           

JUST 404. Community Based Research2

           

MSCI 390. The Combat Experience

           

PHIL 335. The Individual, the State and Justice

           

POSC 395. International Law

           

POSC 396. International Organizations

           

SCOM 332. Mediation

           

SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy

           

SOCI 342. Muslim Movements in the Middle East

           

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

           

SOCI 360. Social Movements

           

Any 300-level anthropology course that is centered on a world region (other than North America)1

           

Any 300-level history course that is centered on a world region (other than North America) and that includes coverage of the 20th century1

           

Any 300-level political science course that is regionally focused1

           

Any 300-level religion course with a contemporary and international focus

           

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

           


            18

1 Only one course from this option may be counted towards the major; approval for course selection from Justice Studies and the academic unit offering the course is also required.

2 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track B when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their adviser or the department head.

Track C. Social Justice

This track is designed to investigate what is fair, equitable and just for society. Emphasizing the oppression and liberation of vulnerable, exploited and marginalized populations, this curriculum promotes sustainable and just solutions to social, political and economic problems.

Students in Track C must take JUST 221, Social Justice Theories, and JUST 223, Social Justice Interventions and Policies.

Students select six additional courses from the following. At least four of the six electives must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Choose from the following:

            18 

ANTH 340. The Invention of Race

             

HIST/SOCI 338. U.S. Urban Social History

           

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies1

           

JUST 315. Mental Illness and Criminal Justice

           

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

           

JUST 324. Death Penalty

           

JUST 334. Media and Justice1

           

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

           

JUST 343. Justice and Society

           

JUST 344. Marginalized Populations

           

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

           

JUST 361. Terrorism

           

JUST 365. Justice in Literature, Film and Art1

           

JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century

           

JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies

           

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies1

           

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies1

           

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar1

           

JUST 404. Community Based Research1

           

MSCI 390. The Combat Experience

           

POSC 326. Civil Rights

           

POSC 348. Politics of Cultural Pluralism

           

POSC 383. Women and Politics

           

PSYC 310. Psychology of Women and Gender2

           

PSYC 320. Diversity Issues in Psychology

           

REL/SOCI 322. Sociology of Religion

           

REL 450. Religion and Society

           

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnicity

           

SOCI 354. Social and Cultural Stratification

           

SOCI 367. Sociology of Sexuality

           

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

           


            18

1 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track C when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their advisers or the department head.

2 Course is only open to students who are double majoring in Psychology.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies

            3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (prerequisite for JUST 399)1

            3

Track core course

            3


            9

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

Track foundation course

            3

Outside track foundation course

            3

Track electives

            6


            12

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

JUST 100. Justice Studies Proseminar

            1

JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice

            3

JUST 399. Research Methods

            4

Track electives

            9


            17

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies

            3

Track electives

            3


            6

1 Can be counted for General Education, Cluster Three.